The 2016 ITF National Championships was held in Caroline Springs, Victoria on Saturday 19th March.
An historic event, it celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
The 2016 ITF National Championships featured competitors from all Australian states as well as New Zealand, participating in events such as Sparring (combat), Patterns (Pre-choreographed routines), Special Techniques (Spectacular aerobatic board breaking) and Power Breaking (measuring the strongest breaks)
In addition to many juniors and beginners, the event included a high percentage of entrants who are current and recent World Champions and as expected, the matches were of a very high standard, conducted in a great spirit.
Thank you to all who came along and supported the event, particularly those who helped out as volunteers and officials on the day.
Michael Muleta, Organizer & Host
2016 ITF Australian Championships
Best Overall School
1. USMA (61) 2. ITF Ballina (55) 3. Jung Hwa (42)
Best Overall Senior Male
1. Darren Williams (12) 2. Kerry McEvoy / Jon Zaffina (6)
Best Overall Senior Female
1. Riki Wood / Carysse Shean (8) 3. Kylie Higgins (6)
Best Overall Junior Male
1. Ethan Bagatan (9) 2. Nathan Awad / Jesse Hogbin / Kobe Fursman (8)
Best Overall Junior Female
1. Eliana Brown (9) 2. Jesseca Sutton (7)
Full Results for all categories & Photo Gallery (Click Here)
After a full day of overseeing the running of the Australian Masters Games Taekwon-Do at the Adelaide Convention Center, Master Michael Muleta conducted National Team training for 2.5 hours for members of the team for the 2016 ITF World Championships who were present.
The training was conducted at the Nino Pilla Martial Arts Academy and consisted of technical refinements and tips for those competing in tuls at the Worlds next year in England.
Many Black Belt participants were present from Adelaide, Millicent, Mildura, Auckland, Gladstone, Melbourne and Geelong.
It was a long but successful and enjoyable day, thank you to all who came along.
Congratulations Aussie Team
Congratulations to our Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do black belt members on making the Australian Team to represent Australia at the 2016 ITF World Championships in England :
Also well done to ex-Thoroughbreds on making the team
Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do has an extensive and proud history of National Team representatives, and boasts several World Champions and medalists.
Our earliest representation dates back to 1995, where Master Michael Muleta was National Team Coach at the ITF World Championships in Warsaw, Poland.
We have had members participating in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 ITF World Championships.
Justin Chin wins Silver in Men’s 4th Degree Patterns
The competition incorporated the National selection trials for the Australian Team.
As a result, Justin has also won a place in the Australian Team for the 2016 ITF World Championships.
Justin is a regular in the National Team and head instructor at the Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Balwyn school.
All members of Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do wish him the very best of luck in England.
Read Justin Chin’s full Taekwon-Do career profile here.